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The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde

Oxford Bookworms LibraryLevel 3
A level 3 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. Retold for Learners of English by Jill Nevile.

‘When we are happy, we are always good’, says Lord Henry, ‘but when we are good, we are not always happy.’

Lord Henry’s lazy, clever words lead the young Dorian Gray into a world where it is better to be beautiful than to be good; a world where anything can be forgiven – even murder – if it can make people laugh at a dinner party.


The Picture of Dorian Gray



Can a painting of a person tell you more about him than the person’s own face? If it is painted with love, perhaps the painting will show more than just the outside of that person – perhaps it will show the inside.

We often say that a face is like an open book: ‘the face tells its own story,’ we say. When Dorian Gray sees the painting of his own face, he falls in love with his own beauty. Nothing must touch his beauty, nothing must hurt or change it – not love, not even time. And so he cuts the link between his face and his heart, between his outside and his inside. His face does not change; it stays young and beautiful. But the picture – painted with love – tells the true story. It shows the real Dorian Gray, who is growing old and ugly and full of hate.

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